How do you choose a great videographer?

By Kaleigh Lawson

You’ll always remember your wedding flowers and your crisp white dress, but what about the emotions of friends and family and the sounds of laughter from your wedding day? Hiring a videographer for this once-in-a-lifetime experience allows you to relive your day on anniversaries, with your children and just for the heck of it. Choosing a videographer is a big deal, and a great one can be a significant investment but one well worth making—today, videographers are turning wedding videos into a cinematic experience. Need some advice on where to begin? Some of our favorite videographers chimed in with questions to ask and tips for searching for the videography company that best suits you. Then all that’s left to do is grab a tissue and watch your love story come to life on screen.

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Matthew Talarico form Forget Me Not Media records a couple’s special day. Photography: Alex Priebe

“Do a little research by looking at a handful of films from different companies you have found or been referred to, and make sure that the few companies you actually reach out to are ones whose work you love,” says Matthew Talarico
of Forget Me Not Media.

Ask who will be editing the film. “It’s imperative to have a great editor in addition to a great videographer,” says Tara Tusher from Wisteria Wedding Films. “You want to make sure that the work you’ve seen on the company’s website has been edited by the same person who will be editing yours.”

Ask about the filmmaker’s aim when making a film. “My end goal when creating a wedding film for a couple is something that they can connect with and that they can laugh, cry and have fun with,” says Christian Dacosta of Elevate Photography. “I want them to be able to tap into those emotions that they felt on their wedding day.”

“Ask companies for their availability and a packages list or a rundown of the services that they offer, and if you have any questions regarding what they offer, ask them for clarification or for demonstrative examples,” Talarico suggests.

Ask if you will receive the raw footage. “Raw footage is the unedited video clips from throughout your day,” Tusher says. “Obviously, not every clip makes it into your film, so this is a great way to relive all those little moments that you may have forgotten about.”

 

Our Experts: fmnmedia.com, wisteriaweddingfilms.com, elevatephotography.com

 

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